GW grad student convicted of murdering GU law student sentenced to life in prison

Rahul Gupta (Image: Montgomery County Department of Police)

Rahul Gupta, a graduate student at the George Washington University, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of stabbing and killing Mark Waugh, a Georgetown University Law Center student.

Waugh was in his first year of law school at the time of his murder. Gupta was pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. The two were from McLean, Va. and friends in high school.

Allegedly, Gupta found his girlfriend cheating on him with Waugh.  According to WUSA 9, the police report stated that Gupta admitted to killing Waugh after he “walked in on them cheating.” The murder took place in Silver Spring, Md. on between Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. During the trial, Gupta’s defense alleged that Gupta’s then-girlfriend had killed Waugh. They claimed he had confessed in order to protect her.

The jury sided with the prosecution and Gupta was convicted of the crime in mid-March. He was sentenced on Wednesday, May 27. 

Editor’s note: A previous version stated that the murder of Mark Waugh occurred in 2014. It occurred in 2013. The article has been changed to reflect this correction. 

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